Books by William R. Trotter

William R. (Bill) Trotter wrote his first novel (not publishable, of course, but a senior editor at Viking Press liked it well enough to become a valued mentor over the next ten years) at the age of fourteen and hasn’t looked back in all the forty-five ye

THE FIRES OF PRIDE by William R. Trotter
Released: March 1, 2004

"Excessive, obsessive, overlong but filled with moments of grandeur, insight, tearful tragedy, and rousing derring-do: War and Peace, American style."
A long, exhausting but worthy conclusion to The Sands of Pride (2002), following the roles of more than fifty historical and fictional characters depicting North Carolina's role in the Civil War. Read full book review >
THE SANDS OF PRIDE by William R. Trotter
Released: May 24, 2002

"A success both as guts-and-glory melodrama and as a collection of eye-opening true stories from the Civil War."
Monumental, bombs-bursting-in-air epic of nearly 50 characters who fight, steal, seduce, scheme, and have the time of their lives in and around Civil War-era North Carolina. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 15, 1995

"Humanizing, a valuable panorama of US classical music culture, and an irresistible inducement to seek out the Mitropoulos performances left to us on records. (66 b&w photos, not seen)"
A first-rate biographical study of one of the century's more important conductors, Dimitri Mitropoulos (18961960). Read full book review >
WINTER FIRE by William R. Trotter
Released: Feb. 18, 1993

"Excessively melodramatic on occasion, but still a stunning evocation of Finnish landscapes, myth, and music, while the desperate conditions under which war was waged in northern Europe are brought savagely to life."
A passionate tale of deep, mysterious Finland forests and complex moods in the music of Finnish composer Jean Sibelius, ably set in the fire and ice of WW II by historian/first-novelist Trotter (A Frozen Hell: The Russo-Finnish Winter War of 1939-40— not reviewed). Read full book review >